UKG Classix Vol.2
We kick of UKG Classix volume 2 with what is perceived to be the first "2-Step" UK Garage track produced. Kelly G’s Bump-N-Go vocal mix of Tina Moore’s track “Never Gonna Let You Go” would help the song reach the top 10 of the UK singles chart in the summer of 1997. Tuff Jam would also be on remix duty and the track would feature on their compilation "Underground Frequencies Vol.1".
The second track Voices of Life "The Word Is Love (Say The Word)" is another remix from Kelly G. Originally produced in 1997 by House music pioneer Steve "Silk" Hurley, but the track didn’t get a full UK release until the spring of 1998 on the AM:PM record label, where the UK Garage classic would reach the top 30 of the singles chart.
Next up is "Speed Garage" anthem "Volume 1 (What You Want What You Need)" by Industry Standard. The track is a remix of Somore’s song "I Refuse (What You Want)" featuring Damon Trueitt on vocals, that was originally released on i! Records in 1996. The track would receive airplay from Radio One and Kiss FM, and would reach number 34 in the singles chart in January 1998.
Classic tune number 4 in the mix is a track from Bump & Flex, a pseudonym of UK Garage pioneer Grant Nelson. "Long Time Coming" was originally released in 1997 on the Rewind EP on Grant Nelson’s record label Swing City, and would get a full UK release in 1998 on Heat Recordings. The "Big Up Version" would be the mix that was mostly played on the UKG scene, but the "Lick Da Groove Mix" which is a 2-Step remix of the song goes down just as well as the "4 to the floor" version and i’m sure it will feature on a future mix.
The fifth song "Spend The Night" by Danny J Lewis is another "Speed Garage" anthem, but it is the H-Man mix that gets the majority of spins from UKG DJs. H-Man is an alias of Danny Harrison, who is one half of the Speed Garage production duo 187 Lockdown and Nu-Birth. The other half of the outfit Julian Jonah features on the remix playing live bass. The track would reach the top 30 of the UK singles chart in the summer of 1998 after being released on UK Garage label Locked On.
The final song is a club classic and was the first UK Garage track to reach the singles chart in May 1997. "Ripgroove" by Double 99 would be broken at Twice As Nice at the Colosseum, and the double pack EP that the track featured on would then change hands for £50 at record shops before BMG bought the rights to the tune. Double 99 was formed by producing duo Omar Adimora and Tim Liken from the Ice Cream Records stable, they also produced UKG Classics under the aliases 10° Below and R.I.P. Productions. The track would also feature a sample from the first track in mix "Never Gonna Let You Go" by Tina Moore.